Combating human trafficking: We get involved, because we CARE!

In the context of the national campaign to combat human trafficking, held from October 18th to 25th, a public lesson for the students of the three faculties – FUA, FCGC, FIEB was organized on the UTM Botanica campus.

Held under the aegis of the UTM administration, in collaboration with the Law Studies Program, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office, this thematic meeting had the title “Prevention and combating trafficking in human beings”.

Underlining the importance of the subject addressed, PhD associate Livia Nistor-Lopatenco, dean of the Faculty of Construction, Geodesy and Cadastre, Ina BOSTAN, head of the Law Studies Program at FCGC, as well as the special guest – Vladislav COJUHARI, head of the Department of Policies to Prevent and Combat Crime, explained to the students that trafficking in human beings is a flagrant violation of human freedom and dignity, a serious form of crime, a threat to the security and sustainable development of society, but also a transnational danger, emphasizing the need to raise awareness among young people about the problems of human trafficking, to focus on the high degree of social danger of this phenomenon and to identify measures to prevent and combat this phenomenon.

In this context, the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs made reference to the statistical data of the Ministry, according to which, in recent years, there has been a worrisome increase in the number of victims exploited on the territory of the country and outside its borders.

  • Annually, in the world, about 600,000 – 820,000 people are trafficked across the state border, not including those trafficked within the states, a number that can reach millions;
  • About 70% of the trafficked people are women and girls, who are mostly forced to practice prostitution;
  • About 50% of the trafficked people are minors, cases of sexual exploitation, forced labor or organs trade.

The SOS call in such situations is as follows: in the fight against trafficking in human beings there must be a cooperation between the relevant institutions, and the society should be aware of the consequences that may occur if it is passive in such situations or if it accepts the position of a victim. The effort must be a conjoint one, and our message: NO to human trafficking!

Previously, on the Râșcani university campus, there were organized information sessions in the context of the campaign to combat human trafficking. The representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vladislav COJUHARI, brought the important message “Human beings are priceless” in front of the students of the faculties of Computers, Informatics and Microelectronics (FCIM), Mechanical Engineering and Transport (FIMIT), Food Technology (FTA) and Textiles and Polygraphy (FTP). The organizers: Radu MELNIC, director, University Center for Career Information and Guidance (CEGHID), and Natalia ȘESTENCO, head of the Information, Professional Orientation and Student Contingent Training section, CEGHID.

The Republic of Moldova has made a commitment to counteract this scourge. The foresights of the international acts were transposed into the national legal framework through the legitimization by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in October 2005 of the Law on the prevention and combating of human trafficking and, subsequently, through the development and approval of the normative implemention acts. The Criminal Code of the Republic of Moldova no. 985-XV of April 18, 2002 defines trafficking in human beings as an offense under art. 165, entitled “Trafficking in human beings”, and through art. 206, entitled “Child trafficking”.